Storm Doris: Verulamium Park tree being cleared

Verulamium Park tree downed by Storm Doris. Supplied by Barry Kimber.

Verulamium Park tree downed by Storm Doris. Supplied by Barry Kimber. - Credit: Archant

The historic Verulamium Park tree which was brought down by Storm Doris is being removed today, after some initial confusion about whose responsibility it was.

Verulamium Park tree downed by Storm Doris. Supplied by Barry Kimber.

Verulamium Park tree downed by Storm Doris. Supplied by Barry Kimber. - Credit: Archant

An arbocultural contractor from English Heritage started work this morning and is likely to finish later this afternoon.

The area will be fenced off for the duration of the works and if the work is not completed today, another day of work will be arranged.

There was some confusion about whose responsibility the tree was.

St Albans district council believed it was English Heritage’s, as Verulamium Park is a historically important site.


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English Heritage said it was Historic England’s responsibility, as the tree was unlikely to have damaged the archaelogical remains of the park, instead falling under the general management of the park.

Historic England believed it to be St Albans council’s respobnsibility.

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It was eventually decided it was English Heritage’s job, and a contractor was scheduled.

To find out more about the park, visit: www.stalbans.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-green-space/parks/Verulamium-Park

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